Today kicked off the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, one of only five UCI-sanctioned North American pro cycling events in 2015. From August 3-9, top cyclists and athletes from around the world will gather to compete in a weeklong event that’s considered challenging even for the “Eddy Merckx’s” of the cycling world. Showcasing the equally scenic and physically demanding landscape of the Beehive State, this race promises to be an amazing spectacle for cycling fans and is a must-attend event. That’s why we’ve put together a guide to this week’s most highly anticipated races for your viewing pleasure.
Stage 1—Logan | Monday, August 3 @ 9:15 am
Kicking off the tour with a total trek of 132 miles and over 6,500 vertical feet of climbing is Stage 1 at Logan Canyon. Here cyclists will take a trip through Cache County with plenty of access points along the way for prime viewing including parts of Garden City and Bear Lake. Catch an early morning breakfast near the lake at Herm’s Inn before you head out to watch the race.
Stage 2—Tremonton to Ogden | Tuesday, August 4 @ 10:45 am
Next stop—Downtown Ogden. Utah’s famous Fruit Highway provides a great opportunity for fans to watch cyclists whiz by as they head up the steep slopes of Ogden Canyon and then race downtown to the finish line to complete their 100 mile race. Fans can even get a taste of Utah with fruit stands dispersed along the highway.
Stage 3—Antelope Island State Park to Bountiful | Wednesday, August 5 @ 10:05 am
Day three marks a brutal climb up 400 North with beautiful scenery along every turn. Spectators can experience Antelope Island, the largest island in the Great Salt Lake and visit with its natural wildlife including the American Bison. Following the race at 6 pm, Antelope Island State Park will host live music and food at the Visitor Center for cyclists and fans to enjoy. Live music, food and vendors will also be present at the Bountiful finish line for participants and guests.
Stage 4—Soldier Hollow in Heber Valley | Thursday, August 6 @ 9:30 am
With an incline of 8,173 feet, Soldier Hollow, a former Olympic venue is one of the toughest race venues around. Here cyclists will climb up to Daniel Canyon, endure heavy crosswinds and sprint to the finish line in what’s expected to be one of the most climatic races. Fans can get front row views in the town of Woodland and at the Strawberry Reservoir.
Stage 5—Salt Lake City Circuit | Friday, August 7 @ 4:40 pm
This evening race will consist of five challenging laps throughout the vibrant city of Utah with steep hills, twists and turns at every corner. Cyclists will make their way along City Creek Canyon and through University of Utah before descending toward Downtown and State Street. Capital Hill neighborhood provides spectacular views as the Tour passes by.
Stage 6—Salt Lake City to Snowbird | Saturday, August 8 @ 10:50 am
Stage 6, known as the “Queen Stage”, is arguably the most challenging stage in the Tour of Utah due to its daunting incline of over 12,900 feet. Cyclists will literally be climbing up Emigration Canyon where they will face two strenuous inclines on Little and Big Mountain. If that isn’t enough climbing, the riders will then move upward through Morgan and Summit Counties and into Park City. But that’s not all…the last part of the race is a grueling climb to Guardsman’s Pass and then one last uphill ascend to the Snowbird Ski and Summer resort finish line. While we’re mentally exhausted just thinking of all those steep hills, Stage 6 is expected to be one of (if not the most) highly anticipated don’t-miss events.
Stage 7—Park City | Sunday, August 9 @ 12:20 pm
Bringing the Tour of Utah to a close is the final event along Park City’s Historic Main Street where athletes will race through the farmlands of Summit and Wasatch Counties and ride uphill through Wolf Creek Ranches. Then they’ll race downhill at 60mph+ to cross the finish line on Main Street. Fans can watch the end of the race from Empire Pass.
Interested in attending this prestigious event? Check out the full details for each of the races here.
Have you ever attended the Tour of Utah? Share your favorite race with us in the comments section below!
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